april 15 2014

It’s that time of year. You look in your closet and nothing looks fun or interesting. You’re sick of your wardrobe, your skin needs some vitamin D, and you’re ready to come out of hibernation. But how do you put spring in your fashion step when the weather’s not cooperating?

No worries! Here’s a guide for changing up your look in this transitional time between seasons.

Show (the illusion of) more skin.

Layer long-sleeved sheer tops over camisoles and add a swing cardigan in a lighter color if you need more warmth.

Choose a lower neckline. Try a scoop neck long-sleeved t-shirt or sweater instead of a crew neck.

Cuff your skinny jeans and wear flats or ankle booties to show off a bare ankle.

Swap out opaque black tights for colored ones, or replace tights with nude fishnets or other open-weave, patterned hosiery.

Transition your shoes.

Get out of your knee-high boots and replace them with ankle boots or booties.

If it’s a little warmer, wear ballet flats or closed toe oxfords. (Wait on the perforated shoes.)

Choose light gray boots over black ones, tan boots over brown suede ones.

Lighten and brighten up.

Pull out layering pieces (cardigans, jackets, shawls, scarves, vests) that are in your lightest neutral shades and wear these now.

Wear lighter colored jeans instead of dark waxed jeans or corduroy jeans.

Instead of wearing print tops or dresses with dark backgrounds, choose prints with white or lighter colored backgrounds.

Continue to enjoy your stripes. Black and white is lighter and brighter than charcoal and black. Try combinations in white and lime, white and tangerine or, white and pink, even if they’re long-sleeved.

Start changing your makeup now. Spring colors will lighten and brighten your face. Change your nail and toe polish colors as well.

Eyewear needs some lightening up, too! Dark framed eyewear can look heavy now. Look for lighter neutrals or colored frames that will move forward into spring and summer. If you love tortoise frames, look for a version in lighter tones.

It’s time to change your handbag. Look for bags in bright spring colors or lighter metallics. Bright colored totes or smaller sized bags in punchy colors are great wardrobe accents.

Earrings, bracelets, or necklaces in crystal or Lucite materials capture the light and brightens your look.

Get rid of the heavy metal.

Tuck away heavy, dark beaded necklaces and layer mixed metal chain necklaces instead.

Make a metal change in your accessories including belts. Go from gunmetal to brushed silver or burnished gold to rose gold.

Wear earrings that are more airy such as chandelier earrings or earrings with filigree that look open and lacy.

Reduce the volume.

Wear a tunic instead of a cowl neck sweater.

Wear fine cashmere sweaters or merino wool rather than heavy textured cable knits.

A black leather jacket looks more spring-like when it’s collarless. Add a scarf around your neck if you need the warmth. Choose one in a light or bright shade.

Infinity scarves in lightweight wool or crinkle cotton or silk are a better choice than those in bulky knits.

Swap out the puffy coats for trench coats with liners, heavy cotton spring coats or jean jackets as the weather warms up. If you still need a wool coat, lighter colored ones are best right now.

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For some people, transition is a season that needs planning for because it lasts a long time or is well suited for someone’s natural body temperature. Let’s get into your closet and rework your pieces so you feel better about your everyday outfits. Call me. I’m here to help!

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